About Evening Under the Stars
The 22nd annual Evening Under the Stars gala will feature an incomparable performance by music legend Darlene Love, followed by dancing to Nightshift – The Ultimate Dance Band. The event will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
Considered by many to be the unofficial finale of the desert social season, Evening Under the Stars was named ‘Best Annual Charity Event’ in the inaugural ‘Best of Coachella Valley’ reader’s poll sponsored by Coachella Valley Independent. In Desert Magazine’s Best of the Valley competition, AAP was a finalist in their Best Charity category, and Evening Under the Stars was voted a finalist in the ‘Best Reason to Get Dressed Up” category. In conjunction with the organization’s Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program, Evening Under the Stars provides the majority of funding for AAP’s food voucher program for low-income residents of the Palm Springs area living with HIV/AIDS.
In addition to exciting entertainment and dancing, gala festivities will also include refreshing cocktails, fabulous live and silent auctions, delectable cuisine, and inspiring honorees. Our 2015 honorees include: Betty Francis (Jeannette Rockefeller Humanitarian Award), Gloria Greer (Gloria Greene Inspiration Award), and John Williams and Richard DeSantis (Herb Lazenby Community Service Award).
Tickets for the benefit, priced at $395 and $500 per person, are now available for purchase. Individual VIP seats and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
About Darlene Love
Through the years, Darlene Love has captivated audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. It’s no wonder The New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics."
Immediately following her performance, a live band will provide the high-energy dance music that our audience expects. We know that Darlene’s show will get people moving, and we want that to carry on into the ultimate dance party and keep the momentum going.
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector's ‘wall of sound’ hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful “Lethal Weapon” series to Broadway hits like “Hairspray” and “Grease.” She even starred as herself in “Leader Of The Pack,” credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’
Love’s background vocals for The Blossoms, The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: “He’s A Rebel,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love.”
2014 was an incredible year for Darlene since she received a standing ovation singing her acceptance speech at the Oscars for her film "20 Feet From Stardom" that won Best Documentary film.
Winning the Oscar has opened so many doors for Darlene after 30 years of struggling in this biz, finally at 73 her career is on the rise, performing sold out shows worldwide.
Darlene will be releasing her first full-length album produced by her friend Stevie Van Zandt this spring featuring tracks written by Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. Darlene was featured on Bette Midler's new album "It's The Girls" - Bette and Darlene sing a duet of "He's Sure The Boy I Love."
Darlene celebrated her final performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on December 19th after a wonderful 28 year run singing her # 1 holiday hit Christmas Baby Please Come Home.
Finally - Darlene can now add Grammy winner to her title - "20 Feet From Stardom" won "Best Film Music" at the Grammy's this year.